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Considering the heart need for oxygen, can exercise be helpful to both stable and unstable angina patient?

exercise is medicine. The heart extracts the same amount of oxygen at rest or exercise. What the heart needs is more flow which is why blocked up arteries cause chest pain/heart attacks. One way to increase flow is to exercise to build up the bodies ability to recruit blood flow when needed. You should not exercise while you have unstable angina until it is controlled though. In stable angina exercise it great. Read more...

How can unstable angina be detected and/or diagnosed, particularly if the patient is not experiencing the event at the time of appointment or has not experienced it in the past month or so?

Stress testing. is almost the gold standard. Discuss with your cardiologist about the best exercise stress test in your particular situation. CPET? ECHO? thallium? or something else? Good luck. Read more...
Clinical diagnosis. Unstable angina is defined as new or worsening chest pain at rest or with exertion/emotional stress. There is no test to detect unstable angina. If a blockage in the heart is more than 50% then a stress test may detect it. But if less it will not. Unstable angina can occur with any size blockage. 10% or 99% and all in between. majority of heart attacks occur with a blockage less than 50% Read more...

Do patients with untreated stable angina develop unstable angina leading to myocardial infarction?

Depends. Patients with stable angina (sa) have by definition coronary artery disease. This puts them at increased risk of developing an acute myocardial infarction. However, recent studies looking at the use of current medicnes have shown them to be very effective in treating sa. Additionaly, coronary intervention (placing stents, for example) has not been shown to prevent heart attacks in patients with sa. Read more...
Depends. On level of medical treatment. But, yes unstable angina and acs can affect any one. Read more...